Marty Rathbun’s disrespect for Martin Luther King

As someone from an ethic minority I feel the need to highlight the inappropriateness of Marty Rathbun’s constant use of Martin Luther King as a tool in his misguided campaign against the Scientologists.

Marty Rathbun thinks that if he positions and aligns himself with Dr. King by continually quoting him, people will think he, Rathbun, is an honorable man.  Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

Martin Luther King was a black man.  He was born that way.  His parents were black and his ancestors were black.  He could not do anything about the fact that he was black.  Being black was not a condition he could change, nor was it something he wanted to change.

As we all know (or at least I would hope that everyone knows) Martin Luther King campaigned against institutional prejudices and injustices against black people.  It’s called racism – prejudice and antagonism against an ethnic group because of a false belief that all members of that group are in some way inferior.

Martin Luther King was not fighting against white prejudice where the white people were saying, “Stop being black.  Get yourself together and be white.” Black people cannot become white by changing their behavior, attitude and viewpoint.   Being black has nothing to do with these things.

Martin Luther King was fighting against people who said, “Because of the color of your skin you are in some way inferior.”  Those people did not offer black people a method or way by which they could become “acceptable”.  No matter the genius, ability, creativity, compassion or greatness of a black person, they were still deemed inferior.

That is what Martin Luther King fought against and gave his life to change.

By putting forward the notion that he is like Dr. King, Marty is covertly forwarding the insane proposition that Dr. King had once been a white man, but that through his transgressions he had been transformed into a black man who then dedicated his life to persuading other white men to transgress and become black men.

Needless to say, this is seriously screwed up, and also a very racist proposition.  Just the kind of insanity that Dr. King campaigned against.

Just to reiterate.  Martin Luther King was always black.  He was born black.  He was not trying to get white people to become black, any more than he was trying to make himself white.  He was fighting against institutional prejudice against him over the ONE THING he could not change.

Marty Rathbun on the other hand CHOSE to dig the hole he is in.

He CHOSE to abuse his position and power.
He CHOSE to assault people, and mess them up good and proper.
He CHOSE to stab his ‘friends’ in the back.
He CHOSE to run away with his tail between his legs.
He CHOSE to lie to the media.
He CHOSE to claim that he had been done wrong rather than redeem himself.
He CHOSE to squirrel Scientology.
He CHOSE to try to destroy LRH’s legacy.
He CHOSE to be a traitor.
He CHOSE to be a turncoat and he CHOSES to continue doing so.

Marty Rathbun ALWAYS had power of choice over the path that led him to where is now.   At any time, Marty Rathbun could have chosen the honorable thing to do.

Martin Luther King did not have such luxury.

If Marty Rathbun wants to find some martyr to liken himself to he needs to look for someone who abused their power and position, violently assaulted and messed up other people, which lead to their becoming an outcast, and then, instead of being honorable and redeeming themselves, claimed they had been done wrong and worked to get other people to do wrong and join them in their self created hell.

There are many such people.  And many of them are killed.  That is because this kind of person is the norm in jails and on death row. That is where Marty should look, because that is where his ilk are usually kept.

But when they are killed no one erects monuments to them, nor reveres them.  They do not fit the bill as martyrs.  Just like Marty doesn’t fit the bill.   They are considered scum.

On that note, didn’t Marty say something about really identifying with and enjoying the company of jailbirds when he was in jail recently?

Finally, Marty Rathbun using an icon who symbolizes the fight against racism to forward his hate campaign against the Scientologists, is perverse in the extreme.  The first line of the Creed of the Church of Scientology reads:

“We of the Church believe:
That all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights.”
– LRH 1954

Martin Luther King does not deserve to be sullied in this fashion by a man such as Mark “Marty” Rathbun.